The Rocky Mount area appears to have scored again in economic development, with a Nevada-based company to open a regional facility in an unused building off Fountain Park Drive just on the Edgecombe County side of the rail line.
Armorock is the world’s largest manufacturer of corrosion-proof polymer concrete structures, which often are used for sewer structures, swimming pools and drainage channels, Assistant City Manager Natasha Hampton told the City Council at a work session on Monday.
Armorock is headquartered in Boulder City, which is southeast of Las Vegas.
Presently, the products Armorock produces are sold in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Florida after having been manufactured in and shipped from Sulphur Springs, Texas, Hampton said.
Sulphur Springs is along the Interstate 30 corridor between Dallas and Texarkana.
Armorock recognized the need to have an East Coast-based operation, Hampton said.
Armorock chose a structure that had once been the location of Blue Hawaiian Pools, with the property having been renovated and updated in 2014, an online real estate listing for the property shows.
The location is adjacent to the Edgecombe County Industrial Incubator and slightly more than a two-mile drive from the future CSX intermodal facility.
Armorock needs to make modifications to the location to supply sufficient workspace and is looking to make modifications to and improve the air conditioning, heating, ventilation and electrical systems, Hampton said.
This will be a $2.3 million investment and about 41 new full-time positions are expected, Hampton said.
The reason the council heard from Hampton is because Armorock is requesting $300,000 in grant funding from the state Commerce Department for the renovations.
The Rocky Mount-based Carolinas Gateway Partnership is going to arrange for a local cash match of at least 5 percent of the grant request amount, or $15,000.
The city’s share of the grant match will be $7,500.
Hampton said the city administration is asking for the council to authorize City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney to place the item on the Feb. 24 agenda of the council’s regular meeting, as well as for Small-Toney to execute the grant agreement.
Councilman Andre Knight, who as mayor pro tem chairs the council work sessions, told Small-Toney the council will receive the item as information and for placement on the Feb. 24 agenda.